Lichen recovery following heavy grazing by reindeer delayed by climate warming.

@article{Klein2009LichenRF,
  title={Lichen recovery following heavy grazing by reindeer delayed by climate warming.},
  author={David R. Klein and Martha D. Shulski},
  journal={Ambio},
  year={2009},
  volume={38 1},
  pages={11-6}
}
Introduced reindeer, Rangifer tarandus, overexploited lichen-rich plant communities on St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea. A die-off of the reindeer followed, exacerbated by extreme weather in 1964, resulting in extirpation of the reindeer. A similar pattern of removal of lichens as major components of plant communities has occurred following introductions of reindeer to other islands at high latitudes. By 1985, two decades following die-off of the reindeer, total lichen biomass was only 6… CONTINUE READING